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Description

Sky Shark is a top-down shooter similar to Raiden. You start off with four lives and three bombs. With that (you can get more lives at certain point intervals, and more bombs can be found), you, the "Sky Shark" of your squadron, blast through five levels of enemy-infested battlefields with as many as six gun upgrades (Aside from the bombs and the gun upgrade, there are no other weapons to be found at all). Includes three difficulty levels and two-player support.

Screenshots

Sky Shark Amstrad CPC Great, more battleships!
Sky Shark ZX Spectrum Ouch, I've been hit!
Sky Shark Amiga High scores
Sky Shark Commodore 64 Bomb pickup

Promo Images

Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5
Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement
Sky Shark Magazine Advertisement Page 5

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "Hishou Zame" -- Japanese title
  • "Flying Shark" -- European title
  • "Flyingshark" -- Alternate European title spelling

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Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 10 out of 10 100
Commodore Disk User Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Commodore User Arcade May, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1988 735 out of 1000 74
Datormagazin Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 3.7 out of 5 74
Nintendo Power Magazine NES Sep, 1989 3.5 out of 5 70
Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1989 68 out of 100 68
Zzap! Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 63 out of 100 63
Info Commodore 64 Jul, 1989 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Commodore 64 versions

The Commodore 64 received two different ports of this game.
In Europe, Firebird in the UK released a version of the game titled "Flying Shark", converted by Catalyst Coders. This was coded by Andrew Parton although he was not credited on the cassette box, which instead listed the programmers of the Spectrum version.
Taito themselves released a version in the United States, titled "Sky Shark", converted by Software Creations.

DOS graphic modes

Surprisingly enough, this game supports VGA mode, although the EGA/VGA screenshot bears a far greater resemblance to EGA graphics than VGA.

Aircraft

Although the cover art shows a P-40 Warhawk and the description even says you are supposed to be flying a P-40, the aircraft you fly in-game is a biplane.

Awards

  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)

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